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Dictionary definition for: However

1. (r) despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession) "although I''m a little afraid, however I''d like to try it" "while we disliked each other, nevertheless we agreed" "he was a stern yet fair master" "granted that it is dangerous, all t

2. (r) by contrast; on the other hand; "the first part was easy; the second, however, took hours"

3. (r) to whatever degree or extent; "The results, however general, are important" "they have begun, however reluctantly, to acknowledge the legitimacy of some of the opposition''s concerns"

4. (r) in whatever way or manner; "Victory, however it was brought about, was sweet" "however he did it, it was very clever"

5. (r) in what way or manner or by what means (`however" is sometimes used as an intensive form of "how'') "how did you catch the snake?" "he told us how he did it" "however did you get here so soon?"

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